Big Bend Country•
Dedicated in 1972, the park contains 86,416 acres with elevations ranging from 3,650 to 8,749 feet at the summit of Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. The park has four of the state's highest peaks, deep canyons, and a rare mixture of plant and animal life. Access to the park's rugged interior is by hiking and backpack camping along 80 miles of marked trails. The National Park Service advises that only experienced, well-equipped backpackers should enter the primitive back country for extended stays. Permits are required for overnight trips, and camping is allowed in designated areas only. All should check in and out at the headquarters visitor center on U.S. 62/180 near Pine Springs . A cultural history museum is in the 1870s Frijole Ranch House. Wildlife exhibits, slide program and bookstore are in the visitor center.
Visitors may drive near the mouth of McKittrick Canyon, which has hiking trails (day-use only). The McKittrick Canyon trailhead contact station has a geology exhibit and slide program.
Tent and self-contained RV camping are available at the Pine Springs campground near the historic "Pinery" stage station ruins. Includes water, rest rooms and evening programs. Containerized fuel stoves (gasoline, propane or alcohol) only. Admission charge. On U.S. 62/180. 915/828-3251 . www.nps.gov/gumo .
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